Times of India | 2 months ago | 26-09-2022 | 02:40 am
Panaji: Eleven years after two men were accused of forging a driving licence for registration of a new motorcycle in Mapusa, a north Goa court acquitted one of the accused Vaman Dessai. The first accused Birbal Gurjar, in whose name the forged driving licence was produced as genuine at the office of the assistant director of transport prior to August 2009, Mapusa for registration of a new motorcycle, already expired.The prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Dessai had forged the driving licence, the court found. The original specimen writing which was sent to the handwriting expert was misplaced during the shifting of the police station, the investigating officer submitted to the court.The court was told that the handwriting on the questioned signature as well as on the specimen tallies with each other and is the same as that of accused Dessai, but the court found other missing links in the case.“The questions as to how, why and where did accused Dessai forged the said licence which was allegedly used by Gurjar remained unanswered. Nothing has come on record which would answer the said questions. Even the relation of Gurjar and Dessai, or how the latter came in possession of a MDL allegedly forged by Gurjar is not come on record in the prosecution evidence,” the court stated.It added that except for the report of the handwriting expert, there is no other evidence that links the accused to the present offence.“As such though, the handwriting experts opinion is relevant and can be used for corroborative purposes but in the present case the linking facts of the case have not been brought on record by the prosecution so as to make the report of the handwriting expert reliable in order to establish the prosecution case beyond reasonable doubt,” stated Judicial Magistrate First Class, 'F' Court, Mapusa, Teisy Mascarenhas.
New Delhi: The new international airport at Mopa is likely to become operational in the first week of January, possibly on the fifth, sources said.CM Pramod Sawant had said at the Times Now Summit last week that PM Narendra Modi could tentatively inaugurate it on December 11.“It takes about a month to make an airport operational after the inauguration,” sources said. “Airlines need to mark on tickets to and from Goa which airport the flight will operate from, Dabolim or Mopa. Also, CISF has to move in and take over security of the facility, which takes around 15 days. People who have bought tickets to and from Goa for the coming months will be informed by airlines via SMS in case their flights will now land at or depart from Mopa.” GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL), which will operate the airport, is looking at January 5 as Mopa’s opening date. On October 26, the directorate general of civil aviation had issued the aerodrome licence to the Airport after a series of checkposts, thus, the airport was certified to be safe for handling flights. Airlines like IndiGo have indicated that they will operate from both the existing Dabolim airport and the new one at Mopa.The Mopa airport is keenly awaited as Dabolim, a Naval airport, has limited slots for scheduled commercial flights. For years, this has meant flights during limited hours of the day — and hence high fares in peak travel season — for passengers. Being a 100% civilian airport, Mopa will allow more flights to Goa — at least doubling from current numbers.The airports economic regulatory authority (AERA) this August issued an ad hoc tariff order for the GMR-developed Mopa airport. For the first few years, second airports that will soon start opening in Indian cities/regions could be relatively more expensive than the single ones operating there so far. The reason: A majority of them will need to compete for traffic with the existing ones. When Bengaluru and Hyderabad got new airports in 2009 and 2008, respectively, the exiting ones — HAL and Begumpet — were closed for commercial flights. AERA’s ad hoc aeronautical charges tariff order for Mopa includes a user development fee (UDF) of Rs 450 and Rs 1,100 per departing domestic and international passenger respectively. The GMR group that has developed Mopa had proposed a UDF of Rs 980 and Rs 1,500. The authority felt “the proposal of the airport operator is on the higher side and needs to be moderated”. The authority has decided to allow GGIAL to charge the ad hoc tariff till March 31, 2023, or if the regular tariff order is issued before that.
Vasco: The department of legal metrology during a raid at Housing Board Colony, Zuarinagar, Vasco of BPCL domestic LPG cylinders, found 13 of the domestic LPG cylinders to be underweight.On Monday, people residing in Lamani Colony, Zuarinagar raised a protest after finding some cylinders brought for distribution were short in weight.Both the delivery person and driver of the distribution vehicle abandoned the truck and fled from the site after consumers confronted the duo.Following the uproar, assistant controller, legal metrology, South Zone-I Margao, Nitin Purushan along with his team rushed to the site and conducted a raid. Purushan said that necessary action will be initiated against the gas agency as per provisions of the legal metrology rules and acts. The department has advised consumers to check the weight of a cylinder before buying it and check the verification certificate issued by the department, and also urged citizens to lodge complaints on the designated number.
Panaji: The Union environment ministry (MoEFCC) has amended the CRZ notification, 2019, to allow activities like manual extraction of sand from sandbars in rivers and setting up of temporary structures, like beach shacks, in CRZ areas.The Centre has also given local authorities almost all powers to clear projects, except in case of those coming up in ecological sensitive areas and in water.A senior government officer said the amendments will be applicable only in states where the CZMP 2019 is notified and that, in the case of specific projects mentioned in the CRZ notification, 2019, approval will have to be sought from the MoEFCC.With reference to removal of sandbars in CRZ area, the MoEFCC’s CRZ amended notification, 2019, issued last week states: “The sandbars in intertidal areas shall be removed by traditional coastal communities only through non-mechanised manual method.”It further states that state governments and Union territory administration can permit removal of sand in specified quantity and in specified time period on the condition that the extraction is being carried out by registered persons from the local community. The notification also mandates annual renewal of the extraction registration.Various organisations and citizens have opposed amendments to the CRZ notification, 2019, related to oil and gas exploration, sand extraction from sandbars and retaining shacks on beaches during the monsoon, stating that the proposed changes will spell disaster for the environment and local communities.“For projects or activities also attracting the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, the Coastal Zone Management Authority shall forward its recommendations to the central government or state Environment Impact Assessment Authority for Category A and Category B projects, respectively, to enable a composite clearance,” the CRZ amendment states.For those projects not covered under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, but attracting the CRZ amended notification, 2019, and located in CRZ-I or CRZ-IV areas, Coastal Zone Management Authority shall forward its recommendations to the Centre, the MoEFCC notification states.The Centre had received representations from different stakeholders — state governments and ministry of petroleum and natural gas — through the director of general of hydrocarbon for making certain amendments in the CRZ notification, 2019, inter-alia, for delegating the powers of giving Coastal Regulation Zone clearance to State Coastal Zone Management Authorities or state governments for small infrastructure projects located in CRZ-I and CRZ-IV areas, exempting exploratory drilling and associated facilities thereto except in CRZ-IA areas, including the provision of temporary beach shacks as already available in Coastal Regulation Zone notification, 2011, as amended and expanding the said provision to all coastal states, allowing removal of sand bars by traditional communities.“Projects or activities not covered in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, but attracting this Notification and located in CRZ-II or CRZ-III areas or those projects or activities listed in sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph 7 of this notification, shall be considered for clearance by the concerned Coastal Zone Management Authority within sixty days of the receipt of the complete proposal from the proponent,” the MoEFCC notification said.
Panaji: With Maharashtra shutting down the Tillari dam for maintenance, parts of Bardez taluka are struggling for water supply. Residents in some of the wards in Porvorim said they are facing a lot of inconvenience due to the erratic water supply. Public works department (PWD) and the water resources department (WRD) confirmed that Goa and Maharashtra agreed to shut supply of water from the Tillari dam from November 11 to December 10 to carry out the annual maintenance, including the Tillari project tributaries.“There is a severe shortage of water in some parts of Porvorim, such as Pundalik Nagar Housing Board, Journalists Colony and the tail end areas,” said a resident. “This has been happening for the last 15 days. PWD does not have sufficient water tankers to supply water.”PWD officials have urged residents to use water “judiciously” till the repairs are complete. “Maharashtra stopped releasing water on November 11 and the WRD has said that the work will go on for at least a month. The WRD officials have also conducted site visits to understand the condition of the canals. Since the Tillari infrastructure is several years old, there is a lot of seepage. The maintenance work is expected to be completed by December 10,” said a PWD chief engineer.To meet the needs of water in Porvorim and nearby areas, around 100 MLD is being pumped from the Amthane dam and the balance requirement is being taken from the barrage at Assonora.
PANAJI: A petty fight over a pet dog resulted in two neighbours turning rivals at Mapusa and lodging assault and molestation complaints against each other. Mapusa police registered a case of molestation against one of the neighbours, a 40-year-old man while the other neighbour, a 35 year-old-woman, has been booked for assaulting the man. Police said that the incident occurred a few days ago when the woman had taken her pet dog for a walk. According to the woman, the neighbour, who was on his two-wheeler, hit her dog. The two got into a verbal spat which later turned into a fight. Police said that according to the man, he was crossing the woman and her pet on his two-wheeler when the dog attacked him. When he questioned the woman, he said she assaulted him. Later, both arrived at the Mapusa police station and filed complaints against each other. Police said the man has denied all allegations of molestation. Police said that the neighbours have been fighting over the pet for many months now and that several times earlier too, they have complained against each other. This is the first time, however, that both have been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). As per the state government policy for keeping pets, owners are advised to ensure that their pets are healthy and clean. Adequate health care and regular vaccination must be ensured. For dog owners, sterilization is also advised. Owners are advised to leash their pets in public spaces and within an area controlled by a residents welfare association (RWA) and to clean up any defecation so as to maintain hygiene. Pet owners are also advised to muzzle aggressive pets in public areas controlled by RWAs. The policy says that RWAs may require proper control of pets (use of leash, etc) in common areas and gardens, but cannot arbitrarily ban pet owners from using such areas. Barking of dogs, and other natural functions of such pets cannot be grounds for any action against owners. However, incessant barking can disturb neighbours and pet owners are advised to make every effort to keep their dogs quiet, particularly at night.